Music industry sends open letter asking Trump to crack down on piracy

If you’re going to have an authoritarian regime leading the country, you might as well have it cracking skulls and burning villages for you, right? At least, that was the music industry’s seeming position yesterday, as 17 groups representing the music business in its various forms—including “songwriters, musicians and…

The BBC launches “spy program” to catch illegal TV viewers

A new spy program has been launched across the pond. The BBC is tapping the best and brightest masterminds of high-stakes espionage to investigate one of the world’s greatest threats: people who watch television illegally. According to The Telegraph, the BBC is going to deploy wifi-detecting vans to “sniff out” those…

A Department Of Labor employee sold bootleg DVDs out of a government office

As reported by CNN, a former employee of the Department Of Labor recently confessed to running a bootleg DVD operation out of the department’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Now, we don’t really follow what’s happening in the government here at The A.V. Club—at least beyond which political figures are being lampooned…

Hackers steal unreleased movies from Sony’s computers, Sony blames North Korea

While the rest of the world slept, lulled into complacency by a large, carbohydrate-heavy meal and MST3K reruns, this weekend an anonymous cabal that calls itself the Guardians Of Peace was busy hacking into Sony Pictures’ computer network. The attack actually began a week ago, when computer screens at Sony’s…

MPAA’s new website rounds up all the legal ways to watch movies and TV shows

It’s no secret that some people—no one that we know—prefer to pirate movies and television shows rather than find methods to watch them legally. Piracy, after all, can be quicker, easier, and cheaper than the alternative. However, it is possible that some only resort to it in the absence of a convenient legal way to…